Thursdays @The Tasting Table

Our bi-weekly speakeasy-style winemaker dinners are held in our open-kitchen and feature delicious food and a range of wines presented by a guest winemaker.

Highlights

  • Plenty of wine (6 types)

  • Full dinner

  • Features a different local wine personality every time

Tasting Notes

  • Full 3-4 course dinner prepared by our chef

  • 6 glasses of wine

Event Details

  • Duration: 3 hours

  • Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated (if we know in advance)

  • Held every other Thursday at 7pm

  • Communal seating in our old brick wine cellar

Also Included

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Bi-Weekly Dinner Series Featuring Local Wine Personalities

Our Thursdays @The Tasting Table dinner series is our chance to introduce you to some of the fascinating people who we cross paths with while exploring the region’s food and wine. We invite them into our open kitchen to cook, or into our tasting room to pour and discuss their wines.

Our guest hosts can include chefs, winemakers, authors, sommeliers, photographers, food enthusiasts, or others who have something to share. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about Hungarian wine and food from local experts.

These casual evenings have somewhat of a speakeasy vibe, with everyone gathering around big communal tables and food served family-style. Wine is poured generously, and the events are all about enjoying great food and wine in the company of people who like to share their passions.

These dinners tend to sell out quickly … book in advance!

Upcoming WInemaker Dinners

Thursday October 24
Karádi-Berger Winery (Tokaj Region)

Husband and wife team Zsolt Berger and Szilvia Karádi run the small Karádi – Berger Winery in the village of Erdőbénye in the Tokaj region. The winery focuses on dry wines like the single varietal Furmints from the Palandor and Narancsi vineyards. And they are one of the few wineries to still regularly produce dry Szamorodni, a wine reminiscent of a fine Jura or a dry sherry. It’s a must-taste wine for anyone who enjoys discovering truly unique wines. Made from a mix of regular grapes and botrytised grapes, the fermentation under flor and the lengthy aging give it an interesting spectrum of yeasty and toasty flavors and an intense aroma of fresh green walnuts. Zsolt’s dry Szamorodni is as traditional as they come. This style of wine has been neglected for decades, but as you’ll taste, there is a good reason for bringing it back (and we are so glad that Zsolt is making this wine!). Join us to hear the story of Zsolt’s winery, the terroir of the vineyards around Erdőbénye, and how he makes these wonderful wines.

THE MENU:
Guinea fowl consommé
Mangalica pork roast with Furmint sauce, mashed potatoes, and leeks
Chestnut purée

THE WINE:
6 Karádi-Berger wines


Thursday November 7
Jackfall Winery (Villány Region)

Tonight we welcome Jandrasics Gábor, owner of the Jackfall Winery as our guest. The name Jackfall is actually the old Swabian name of the Kisjakabfalva village, located in the Villány region. The region’s modern wine culture goes back to the German-speaking settlers sent here in the 1700s by Maria Theresa. Founded in 2001, the winery now works on more than 13 hectares of vineyards. This southernmost Hungarian wine region is known for its elegant full-bodied red wines, particularly Bordeaux varietals and blends. Jackfall produces about 100,000 bottles of wine annually, in a wide range of styles from light chardonnay and crisp rosé to elegant Portugieser and heavier reds like Cabernets and Merlots. Join us for an evening of good food, prepared bny chef Tamás, and Villány wines from Jackfall!

THE MENU:
Salad with smoked goose breast
Goose leg confit with sautéed red cabbage and layered potatoes
Ludláb torta (“goose foot” cake)

THE WINE:
6 Jackfall wines


Thursday November 21
Coming Soon …this will be a very special guest, who you will not want to miss!


Thursday November 28
Thanksgiving dinner

Though Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Hungary, every year we celebrate this favorite American holiday with a Hungarian-inspired family-style Thanksgiving dinner, paired a selection of the six Hungarian wines which we are most thankful for. Our sommelier will tell stories about the wines which we will be tasting, illuminating the regions and the people who produced them.

THE MENU:
Smoked trout dip
Roasted organic chicken, sweet potato puree, Brussels sprouts, potato gratin, green beans with bacon, and cranberry sauce
Medlar pie

THE WINE:
6 of the wines which we are most thankful for


Thursday December 5
Szabolcs Újfalussy from Oremus Winery (Tokaj Region)

If you are a fan of Tokaj (or if you are not a fan yet, but want a crash course), this is an evening you will not want to miss. Our guest, Szabolcs Újfalussy, is from the Oremus Winery, one of Tokaj’s greatest wineries. Szabolcs is also one of the best Tokaj educators we know, and this evening will be a masterclass in the wines of this world-renowned region. In addition to tasting some outstanding wines, we’ll learn about the region’s history, production, terroir, and people. Oremus (which is owned by Vega Sicilia) is a benchmark winery in Tokaj. It was one of the pioneers in the early 1990s to start building a serious international brand and to start making quality wines again in Tokaj. Their Mandolás Furmint and their creamy, rich and perfectly-balanced aszús are amongst the best sweet wines in the world. Their 500 year old cellar system is one of the biggest in Tokaj. Join us for this unforgettable evening!

THE MENU:
Chicken liver parfait, salad and baguette
Roasted pork loin with red wine sauce, potatoes, and wild mushrooms
Zserbó cake

THE WINE:
6 Oremus wines


Thursday December 19
Christmas Dinner

As the year ends, we look back on all of the wonderful wines that we’ve been lucky enough to taste this past year. And we also start to think about which wines we will uncork for family and friends over the holidays! Tonight the Tasting Table sommeliers will be presenting their favorite wines from the past year, and we’ll pair them with chef Tamás’ Christmas menu. We’ll discuss these traditional Christmas specialties, as well as Hungarian holiday traditions. Join us to discover some new wines, and take some home for your own Christmas festivities!

THE MENU:
Wine soup, with cheese, croutons, and grape jelly (a Hungarian Christmas tradition!)
Catfish paprikás with túrós csusza (curd cheese pasta)
Poppyseed dumplings with vanilla custard

THE WINE:
6 Favorite wines chosen by the Tasting Table staff





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